The Towboat and Harbor Carriers Association recently participated in the Scenic Hudson sponsored Oil Spill Risk Assessment workshop held in Albany NY. The two-day event highlighted the outstanding environmental safety record of the Towboat Community and the role that anchoring plays in this effort. Scenic Hudson expert John Joechel stated that as a former Ship Captain, Anchoring is the best method of avoiding risk. Dr. Etkin who prepared the report commended the towing industry for its safety record. Tugs and Barges operate under strict Environmental Regulations taking great pride in proactive procedures to minimize environmental impacts. Since 2007 there has not been a single cargo spill in the Hudson River.
Designated as a Marine Highway, the Hudson River has long been a major navigation route connecting New York to the Great Lakes. Custom and Practice Anchorages have also been a staple of navigation safety and recognized in the US Coast Pilot since the 1960's. NONE of the proposed Custom and Practice Anchorages are NEW. The proposal seeks to Federally Designate existing Custom and Practice Anchorages.
HRSNOC Managing Board meet on November 27th to review and discuss the findings of the first General Meeting held on October 2nd and were briefed on projects by Port of Coeymans and Corp of Engineers. The Committee was also brief on the Tappan Zee Bridge demolition and was provided an update on the good work of the Education and Outreach Committee.
Over 6 million tons of dry bulk are exported on the Hudson River Annually. Both Dry Bulk and Liquid Bulk are imported and include the majority of NYS and NYC Home Heating Oil, Gasoline, Kerosene, Asphalt, and other vital liquid and dry bulk commodities. Tug and Barges have historically sought shelter in the Hudson River during storms, During Super Storm Sandy over 40 tug and barges anchored in the Hudson River and recently during Hermione and the Northeaster approximately 30 tug and barges sought shelter. (April 2017) Federally Designated Anchorages preserve and protect Custom and Practice Anchorages from competing interest (Cables and Pipelines) for Navigation Safety.